Posted Jan 16th 2012 5:57PM
Having been to Japan to experience the massive Tokyo Auto Salon spectacle many years in the past, we can say there truly isn't anything like it in the world. The equivalent of Japanese SEMA can be inspirational, puzzling and downright frightening at times but the show is so large that there is something for gearheads of every type. The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon brought out many perennial favorites and as always many new faces, the likes of the Toyota FT86 (Scion FR-S) and Subaru BRZ not withstanding.
And just like SEMA many of the major OEMs are there to display their aftermarket wares along side the hardcore Japanese tuners. Aftermarket legends like HKS, GReddy, A'PEXi, Blitz, VeilSide, JUN and Tomei have come and gone over the years in the midst of a downturn in the economy and a reluctance to tune cars. So in their place, OEMs like Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mazda continue to take up larger portions of real estate and the amount of cheap Asian mainland parts slingers continues to multiply. Regardless, TAS is the place to see all kinds of the bleeding-edge tuned cars from modified Hybrids to outrageous Hypercars!
Nissan's Nismo and Autech showed off special editions of the Juke, the Leaf and the Fairlady Z.
Nissan tuner Autech has shifted gears and tunes a lot of everyday commuter boxes, so Nissan trumped them with 2013 Nissan GT-R with the J-spec Track Pack.
Every year we try and find the httest platforms that tuners will latch onto and as expected it was the Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S) and Subaru BRZ that tuners went nuts for. We saw all kinds of flavours of these affordable FR coupes including D1GP-ready the HKS Racing Performer 86! But we also saw Subaru come out swinging with the GT300 version of the Super GT BRZ race car and an STi version of the BRZ in the booth but no intercooler was spotted in the process.
From there, the show just gets crazy with so many 1990's sports cars being modified such as Nissan Silvias (240SX) and Skylines and the always-popular Mazda RX-7. There are also high-end supercars being pumped out for the show modified in ways you just won't see here, so head on over to the gallery to take it all in.
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